The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) returns to its homeport of San Diego on Dec. 23 following completion of its historic maiden deployment to Southeast Asia. (Senior Chief MCS Donnie W. Ryan / Navy)
The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) returned to its homeport of San Diego on Monday following the completion of its maiden deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
Deployed since March 1, the ship took part in a number of theater security cooperation and maritime presence operations with partner nations in the region, according to a Navy press release.
“This deployment was a huge success for the LCS program, for us as a crew, and for the Navy in general,” said Cmdr. Dale Heinken, commanding officer of Freedom’s Blue Crew. “The sailors did very well executing the mission.”
The ship’s crew participated in the humanitarian assistance and disaster response efforts delivering life saving supplies to the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan.
Littoral combat ships are designed to operate in near-shore environments and employ modular mission packages that can be configured for surface warfare, mine countermeasures, or anti-submarine warfare.
Freedom will conduct operations and training within Third Fleet’s 50-million square mile area of responsibility in the Eastern Pacific.